Everything was terrifying for Phoebe. She would just
scream - no words, just scream at the top of her voice.
- Sophie*, Barnardos Caseworker
For seven long years all Phoebe knew was that ‘home’ meant a lonely corner of a dark, filthy room. ‘Dinner’ meant packets of chips and
lollies thrown to her on the floor. ‘Mum and Dad’ meant yelling, fists and boots.
She was completely neglected by her parents in every single way. She had serious health issues, physical injuries from all the punches
and kicks, and was dangerously obese from constantly eating food that didn’t meet her nutritional needs.
She had never learnt to speak properly, let alone read or write.
When she first came into Barnardos' care she was petrified, thinking everyone she met would hurt her too. She’d do anything to protect herself,
lashing out with fists, feet, teeth and nails if anyone came near.
Thankfully we were able to place Phoebe in a safe home with experienced carers, but she still has a long journey ahead. It’s vital that when vulnerable
children come into our care, they receive intensive, tailored support to meet their needs. That’s why your support is so important – your gifts make it
possible for children like Phoebe to get the medical and psychological support they need, so they can start to heal and look forward to their future.
Your gift will make a lasting difference to children like Phoebe who have never known compassion or kindness.
*Models used and names changed to protect privacy.